Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Brock.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’ve always loved drawing since childhood. My school notebook dividers and homework were covered in doodles, even through college. I was always inspired by stuff like Dragon Ball Z, Zelda, and Soul Calibur as well as music. In 2009, my senior year of high school, I got a Wacom Bamboo tablet and started browsing DeviantArt and that’s where the art claws really dug in. The art for Magic the Gathering was by far my favorite stuff I found on there. I went to the University of Arizona to study art and graduated in 2015.
In 2012 my Dad passed away and I got really depressed the following 4 for so years after. This really forced me to re-evaluate how I approached life from a fundamental level. No matter how depressed I got I always had a burning desire and ambition to create, I knew that’s what I needed to be doing with my life and the way I was thinking and feeling was not helping that whatsoever. After seeing a therapist and being introduced to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in 2016 it’s pretty much been a 180, albeit a slow one, in my outlook on life.
I’ve since become really interested in the way we perceive and experience life and how to do it in a way that cracks open personal and interpersonal potential. I’ve been diving head first into “perception models” or reality tunnels as Robert Anton Wilson would call it. Things like Buddhist Dharma, Western esotericism, Hermeticism, alchemy, ceremonial and chaos magick, Theosophy, metaphysics, astro theology, it goes on. Basically, to the deep end and back of really weird and genius ways of looking at the world. Almost everything I look at with the intention of pulling beauty out of it to share with the world and finding ways of just BEING or changing your perspective that ease suffering and maximize love and understanding.
Please tell us about your art.
I make mostly images either digitally or in oils or pencil. I want to make what I want to see in the world, the images I want to see, the music I want to hear, the words I want to read. I want the subject of my work to point directly back into the viewers soul. To make the viewer reflect on their experience, bring them to the here and now and what’s beautiful or evocative within and without them. Really the beauty is happening in the viewer. The painting is inanimate and not a process itself (when it’s done and someone’s looking at it), but a catalyst for beauty to happen in the viewer. The viewer chooses to interpret what’s there, there’s no inherent beauty in a painting. But when an artist communicates well they can intend for others to experience beauty and they will experience it.
A big theme that crops up a lot for me is strife, pain, suffering, and fear. I’ve always loved creepy and scary things, but there is so much to be learned from our very real fear and suffering. The more you understand those, the better you understand what makes them exist at all: things like beauty, love, connection, joy, and peace. If you remove one you remove both, and the further you push your threshold of understanding of one the further you push the other (fear vs love, good vs bad). You can only soar as high as you’ve tanked it in the pits. In my work I really want to bring to light a lot of the ugly stuff we push under the rug to avoid feeling bad, because when you face those things you can fix them, and there’s beauty to be found there. I want to hopefully help people see things in a new way that will help them shake off their self-imposed constraints. I also want people to start taking responsibility for the way they think and feel, because that is entirely up to you and within your control,
I think at a very simple level I just want to share experience with others that’s hard to express with words, and that’s it. Just sharing a feeling or thought, simple as that. I create because that’s the way I’m wired. The architecture of the way I take things in is set up in a way to suck all the juicy goodness I can find, synthesize it through my imagination, and spit it back out to share with people. If I don’t create I start to feel like my mind is extremely pregnant and need to give birth ASAP. You should know that my art is about you 🙂
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Discord! Discord is awesome! At least that’s the virtual solution, but I’ve had so many great conversations with amazing people on there. Comment on and talk to artists that are making stuff you really resonate with on social media and start some conversations with them. This is where facing that fear is important because it can be really intimidating approaching someone you think is an art god in your eyes, but they’re just another dude or chick really. If you say something stupid, just learn from it and move on, it doesn’t matter as long as you’re not actively being a jerk to them.
Some other great ways to find like-minded creators in physical matter reality is going to conventions or art fairs, and life drawing sessions. I bet you could even go find a subreddit or Facebook group for your town that focuses on art and start talking with people.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can find my work at alexbrockart.com, I have all my social media linked there too. You can support me either through my store, alexbrockart.com/store, or Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/alexbrockart.
- Website: alexbrockart.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/slave_eye
- Facebook: facebook.com/yayay
- Other: http://alexbrockart.tumblr.com/